Designing your bathroom is a big task, with lots of considerations needed. The size, shape and structure of the room itself and other elements will greatly influence your bathroom design – so take a look at our checklist to find out what you (and your bathroom installer) will need to know.
The amount you are looking to spend on your new bathroom will be a big influence on the result. Ensure your planner knows of your estimated budget before starting design as they can take this in to account from the beginning. There may be unexpected costs along the way you hadn't considered so try to keep a rough estimate with some room for last minute costs.
Discuss with your planner and installer the time frame for designing, deliverng and installing your new bathroom so that you can come up with an estimated timeline.
You will need exact measurements of your room to make sure everything fits perfectly. Your bathroom installer will need to know the size of the room as well as the position of any doors or windows. Getting these measurements right will help avoid problems later.
The height and shape of your ceilings will affect what shower enclosure you have available. Sloping or vaulted ceilings can mean awkward angles for fitting standard designs. If your shower has to be positioned somewhere with a sloping or uneven ceiling, there is the option for bespoke glass cut to fit.
The position of your windows is important to your bathroom design as shower enclosures and shower baths need to be positioned away from windows. Windows are not generally designed to resist high humidity or moisture so this is important when planning your bathroom layout.
The wall structure of your bathroom – whether solid or partition, will influence design choices such as whether you are able include wall hung basins, toilets and wall mounted brassware as well as whether you will be able to tile the walls. Many older houses will have ‘out of square’ bathroom shapes. These can be worked around with shower enclosures with minimal frames and adjustments.
The kind of water system you have will influence the water pressure available in your bathroom. This will then affect which type of shower, bath you need and may mean you need extra elements such as an upgraded boiler, electric shower or pump.
If you were considering electric or dual fuel radiators factor in installation cost and whether electrics be installed for the type of system you have or not. You will also need to consider where the flow and return pipes are coming from as this will dictate whether you will need straight or angled radiator valves.